I chose to teach because

    As all children do, I enjoyed playing games, whether it was hide and seek, playing Pac-Man on my Atari, or riding my bike. However, I always had a passion for make believe “career games,” such as nurse, banker, or waitress. Although my sister is not much older than I am, she always seemed to be boss of “play” time. No matter what, she carried the role as the industrious “business owner” and I was the lousy “tax paying customer.” If we played dress up, she was the mommy and I was the baby or if we played store she was the clerk and I was the customer. One of her favorites was playing school. From my earliest memories, my older sister would coerce me to play school with her and of course I was the one chosen to be the student. I swore I would never become a teacher. Eventually, she graduated from imaginative role- playing to slumber parties and dances. So, I played school on my own and this time I was the teacher. I lined up my dolls in front of my chalkboard and pretended to be their teacher and these are some of the  happiest memories. I loved the feeling of writing on the board, giving my dolls punish work, and holding a red pen in my hand. As I look back, it makes me laugh how my imagination would take over me, yet it seemed so real! Although I liked playing “teacher” as a child, I did not always want to become a teacher. In a sense, I guess it is ironic, because in our childhood, my sister held the title for “teacher”, yet I was the one that followed the path to being an educator.

  When I approached high school, I absolutely loved my science classes. I don’t know if it was Ms. Mire’s phenomenal science labs, or the way Mr. Romero presented his science lessons that made such a significant impact on my life. I was hooked from that point on!!! This unknown desire for teaching was probably kindled by the excellent teachers who had such a positive impact on me during my school years.

   So, why did I choose to be a teacher? Well, I became a teacher because I have a passion for making a difference in the lives of my students. I want to make memories. I want these memories to provide an anchor for future learning, and they will use their experiences in my classroom to develop into lifelong learners. I want to be the teacher that instills memories that may someday inspire my students to do what their true calling is. School memories have the potential to last a lifetime in students’ minds and can play a consequential role with present and future decisions. What a powerful thing, to know that we can make all the difference in the world by just one memory!
 

2009-10 Vermilion Parish
High School Teacher of the Year

EErika Livers

“A teacher affects eternity; he never can tell where his influences stops.”

Henry Brooks Adams

Meet the Teacher Corner:

Vermilion Parish High School Teacher of the Year- Erika Livers.

Erika Livers is currently a sixth grade teacher at Rene Rost Middle School.  She has taught for 7 years in Vermillion Parish School system.  She taught at Erath High School for 6 years which was where she was first hired upon graduating.  She says she has had some of the best years of her teaching experience there.  However, Erika made a transition in her life this year and moved to Rene Rost Middle School to be closer to her family as she is a resident of Kaplan.  It was a challenge to go from teaching high school students to middle school students but the reward is still the same. She says, “I am there for the kids!”  She is so excited to be “home” and to be able to teach the kids from her community. 

Erika feels her greatest contributions to education are her desire to learn best practices in her classroom and her willingness to share those practices with colleagues.  She says, “Sharing our knowledge and expertise only makes us better teachers.”  She believes a good teacher, no matter how long they have been an educator, is always open to new suggestions.

Her feelings and beliefs about teaching reflect what she would expect for herself or her own children as students in a classroom.  She believes all children can learn, but not necessarily in the same way or in the same time frame. Some need a different approach or more exposure to the material being taught. She believes that her achievements as a leader are directly related to the success and achievement of her students. When students experience learning as a challenge, they do their best work and inspire her to do the same.

Erika says, “I can only hope that my students leave my classroom with a greater appetite for learning.  Knowing that I can make a difference in many lives validates what I do every day.”

Personal

  • I have been married to my wonderful husband, Todd Livers,  for 13 years and have three children- Noah 10; Sophia 4; and Olivia who is 2. 

  • When I am at home, I enjoy watching movies, scrapbooking, and spending time with my family.

 

Professional and Leadership:

  • 1995  Kaplan High School Graduate

  • 2002 Graduate of UL, Bachelor of Science Degree

  • 7 years experience (6 years at Erath High School, 1 year at Rene Rost Middle School)

  • Louisiana Science Teachers Association (LSTA) member.

  • National Education Association (NEA) member.

  •  Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE) member.

  • Vermilion Association of Educators (VAE) member.

  • Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) participant.

  • School Building Level Committee (SBLC) member. – 2years

  • School Improvement Plan Committee (SIP) Chairperson.  – 3years

  • Pasco Technology Training Inservice- 3years

  • Louisiana INTECH- Completed 56 Hours of Louisiana Intech

  • 2008-09 Erath High School Teacher of the Year

Technology Connections

Erika Livers’ Web page

Erika Livers’ email:  elivers@vrml.k12.la.us

Vermilion Parish Honors Page

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